Jemma Lowe reaches London 2012 Olympics after British silver medal

PLENTY TO SMILE ABOUT:  Jemma Lowe won silver in the Womens 200m Butterfly Final at the British Gas Championships.
PLENTY TO SMILE ABOUT: Jemma Lowe won silver in the Womens 200m Butterfly Final at the British Gas Championships.

JEMMA Lowe is on her way to her second Olympic Games.

The Hartlepool swimmer finished runner-up to friend, and rival, Ellen Gandy and Jemma Lowe in the 200m butterfly final at the British Gas Swimming Championships in London.

After finishing third in the 100m final on Sunday, Lowe knew she needed a top two finish at the Olympic trials at the Aquatic Centre in Olympic Park.

And she struck silver with a brave, yet composed, performance.

Gandy flew through the first 150m and was 1.84 seconds inside Katinka Hosszu’s European record at the final turn.

Lowe had kept the 20-year-old in her sights but, crucially, had not tried to match her.

Her tactics paid off and as Gandy tired, the girl from West Park put in a storming finish, almost catching the swimmer from Kent.

Ultimately, Gandy held on to touch in two minutes 06.01 seconds.

Lowe was just 0.36 secs adrift with both women well within the qualifying time, with Jemma’s old Stockton team-mate Jess Dickons in third.

Jemma, who has won silver medals at the World and European short-course championships over the last two years and reached two World finals in 2011, was thrilled her hard work had paid off.

“I am just really happy I managed to get my place on the team,” said the 21-year-old, who reached the 100m butterfly final at the Olympics in Beijing in 2008.

Now she can look forward to representing her country at London 2012.

And she was thrilled with Wednesday night’s swim in the 200m butterfly final at the British Gas Swimming Championships.

She said: “I had the confidence I could come back on the second 100m and finish hard.”

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